Damien Queally has been working in the development sector since 2001, starting as a volunteer with local NGOs in India and Uganda. He went on to work for GOAL, in various roles from Field Manager to Deputy Country Director in DR Congo, Niger and Darfur.
In 2008, Mr Queally joined Plan International as Programme Director of Plan International Ireland. There, he spent 5 years and led significant growth in the programme department as well as considerably expanding the Irish Aid portfolio.
In January 2013, Mr Queally moved to Plan International’s West and Central Africa office as the Deputy Regional Director for Programmes. Over the course of his time in the region, Plan International opened a new office in Nigeria, an emergency operation in Central African Republic, increased its funding portfolio to over €200m in FY15 and responded to the worst outbreak of Ebola in history.
In January 2016, Mr Queally moved to Plan International Headquarters to lead the Programme Quality Department. In his current role as Director of Programme Delivery and Resources, he leads the sponsorship, institutional funding and programme quality teams with the purpose of strengthening Plan International’s programme delivery processes and capability.
Mr Queally graduated from University College Dublin in 1999 with a Masters in Economics, and started his career with one of Ireland’s largest financial institutions.